The WSL called in Kolohe Andino Felipe Toledo half way through the second semi-final due to a salmon and tuna feeding frenzy.
“The whole bay’s pretty full of salmon and tuna and everything’s feeding, so in amongst all that is a few smaller sharks and we’re just checking for larger sharks at the moment,” WSL head judge Rich Porta said during the wait.
“It’s turned into a full feeding frenzy in the middle of the bay. Safety first, we’ll bring the guys in for a 20-minute hold until the fish move out.”
“We saw all these splashes,; said Andino “And I don’t think either of us could really surf after that,” Andino told Fox Sports.
“I paddled over and said ‘I think there’s sharks out here’. I saw so many fish swimming under me and I know the big fish follow the small fish. They said we could go on hold and I said ‘OK’, because I couldn’t really think.”
John John went on to win the event using his trademark snap to dominate the event.